Twitter reinstates ‘alt-right’ leader

Twitter has reinstated the account of a white nationalist think tank leader credited with coining the term “alt-right”. The social network suspended Richard Spencer on 15 November.

Since then, he was filmed shouting: “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory,” at a meeting, prompting some audience members to raise their arms in Nazi-style salutes.

A leading anti-racism campaigner has criticised Twitter’s decision. The technology company told the BBC that Mr Spencer had been temporarily blocked for running multiple accounts and not – as had been speculated – for hate speech offences.

“Our rules explicitly prohibit creating multiple accounts with overlapping uses,” said a spokesman for the company.

“When we temporarily suspend multiple accounts for this violation, the account owner can designate one account for reinstatement.” He added that Mr Spencer’s other accounts would remain blocked. Continue reading

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